Mike Cameron To Retire

Outfielder Mike Cameron has notified the Nationals that he will retire, according to the team's official Twitter account.  Cameron also drew interest from the Indians this winter before signing a minor league deal with Washington in December.

The 39-year-old was designated for assignment by the Red Sox in June before being dealt to the Marlins.  In total, Cameron hit just .203/.285/.359 in 269 combined plate appearances and saw his season come to an end when he was released by the Marlins for conduct detrimental to the team.

In 17 big league seasons, Cameron hit .249/.338/.444 with 278 home runs for eight different clubs.  According to Baseball Reference, the centerfielder earned more than $76MM over the course of his career.


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43 Comments on "Mike Cameron To Retire"


MetsMagic
3 years 6 months ago

Oh, Mike Cameron, one of those Mets who was always irrationally disliked by fans for no reason at all.

Godspeed in whatever you do next, Cammy. We’ll always have 2004. 

Corey Italiano
3 years 6 months ago

I’ll always remember that awesome collision with Beltran in 05.

Blue387
3 years 6 months ago

Hey, I liked Mike Cameron.

3 years 6 months ago

We were very honored to have Mike in San Diego for a few years. Did a great job patrolling Petco’s center field. Letting him get away was a mistake by the Padres. Hope he has a great retirement.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 6 months ago

dang they’re just dropping like flies this offseason aren’t they?

chris_synan1
3 years 6 months ago

Mike was a class act, role model for young athletes, and funny

Roy Munson
3 years 6 months ago

He’s part of a great trivia question, He was the centerpiece for the Ken Griffey Junior trade

monroe_says
monroe_says
3 years 6 months ago

 And as an added bonus, he then went on to perform much better than Griffey ever would again.

Pawapuro
3 years 6 months ago

 He was also traded by the White Sox for Paul Konerko.

RedSx799
3 years 6 months ago

oh please he retired in 2010 when he signed that contract with the Sox…

3 years 6 months ago

He’ll always be underrated because he put up some low batting averages, struck out a lot, and played so many years in bad hitters parks like Seattle, Shea, and San Diego. He may not have been a superstar, but he hit for power and played excellent centerfield defense for a long time.

LordD99
3 years 6 months ago

What was his conduct deemed “detrimental to the team” that got him released last year?  The story above references it, but the link doesn’t mention anything about it. He always seemed like a good team player.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 6 months ago

I believe it had something to do with his behavior on a team flight-maybe some unacceptable words spoken to a flight attendant-that angered the Marlins management.  Maybe one of the Marlins fans can enlighten us….

ellisburks
3 years 6 months ago

Had power, had speed, played amazing defence in the outfield. Plus made a good chunk of change along the way. Good for him.  Have a great retirement.

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

To be honest, I am kinda glad he retired. He is past his prime. I am glad he realized it when he did. This might mean that Harper is up in the major sooner than later.

Willjhull
3 years 6 months ago

Bye! Must have started swinging that bat, pulled something and knew with a minor league deal that was it. This was a strange signing by the Nats anyway.

rockfordone
3 years 6 months ago

Saw him as a kid with the White Sox. Good player. We got Paulie K. for him.
Very nice career. Sit back with a tall one and light up a cigar – you have earned it.
PS – I know you are better than Rios right now.

3 years 6 months ago

That trade worked out well for both teams. Would have worked out better if the Reds had just held onto Cameron, but it’s kind of cool that two young player were traded for each other and both panned out.

alan104
3 years 6 months ago

You cann’t  blame a guy for sticking in there as long as possible. Credit should be given to him for making the difficult decision to hang it up. Ballplayers are competitors and it’s hard for them to leave the game. Good decision by Mike.

NickinIthaca
3 years 6 months ago

Well put…. I’m almost 30 and haven’t played ball since high school, and still think about trying out for a team.  I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to admit that you can’t play at the highest level anymore. 

Good luck to him and to all of the other official retiree’s we’ve seen this off-season.   

David McCutcheon
3 years 6 months ago

One of my favorite non-star players to watch. Fun D, nice swing. I’ll remember him fondly.

Chillin_in_California
3 years 6 months ago

Very good defensive outfielder with a good eye who hit 25 jacks a year. Plus he had a 4 homerun game. Overal nice career Mike Cameron

FarmerErnie
3 years 6 months ago

Great Met! Great Career! 

BarrelMan
3 years 6 months ago

It was fun having him as a Brewer for a couple years. Solid bat, good glove and veteran presence. Untuck ’em!

3 years 6 months ago

Noooooo…I love Mike Cameron..He wasn’t always the best but I loved him especially  when he was in Milwaukee!

Jarrod Lowe
3 years 6 months ago

Always a joy to watch. Will miss seeing him play.

3 years 6 months ago

His a great example for toolsy young players out of the draft. The ones that have worked I mean.